xPDT – the Next Generation of Deployment Automation

In my last post, I introduced a new set of DSC resources available in the DSC Resource Kit Wave 8 that enable automated deployment of System Center and related prerequisites including SQL Server. In the DSC Resource Kit Wave 9, we added resources for Azure Pack. In the DSC Resource Kit Wave 10, we will… Read more

Thank You TechEd Europe 2014!

Hello Readers and Viewers! Quite a few Enterprise Cloud Group CAT Team Members / Building Clouds Bloggers were speakers at TechEd Europe this year! On behalf of the team, I would like to express our appreciation to the many thousands of attendees that showed up ready to learn and experience everything TechEd had to offer… Read more

Deployment–DSC Resources for System Center Deployment

Readers of this blog are familiar with the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT), which was developed to solve the problem of complex long running distributed deployment, primarily of the components used to manage the fabric of a private cloud i.e. Windows Server, System Center, and Windows Azure Pack, as well as related components required to support… Read more

Automate and Manage Windows Operating System Deployments Now Online

Hey folks! Jeff Gilbert here. It’s no secret that enterprise Windows operating system deployments can be complicated and costly. It can also be very difficult to ensure consistent results with so many different methods and tools available to enterprise desktop administrators these days. Finally, adding to the complexity of operating system deployment is the overabundance… Read more

Automation–Windows Azure Pack & Service Management Automation–Automated Tenant Deprovisioning

Hello Readers! Today’s topic is one that has been coming up more and more as the usage of Windows Azure Pack (WAP) increases. Problem Statement / Question / Answer Problem     “When I delete the Subscription for a WAP User (or the actual User), their Subscription Resources remain in VMM!” Question     “How do I automatically remove… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation & Azure Automation–Complex Asset Creation and Usage

Hello Readers! What if I told you that you could store and leverage Hashtables as Variable Assets in Service Management Automation (SMA) AND Azure Automation (AA)? Well you can! It takes a little more effort, but the ROI is well worth it…after all, who wants to store the same Hashtable of information over and over throughout… Read more

Updated SMA Runbook Toolkit (SMART) download, with new Visualization and Dependency Mapping Tool

The SMA Runbook Toolkit (SMART) has seen multiple component releases so far, and this time we are all bringing them together in a single download package! This short blog post summarizes the tools included in the package, what has changed since the last update, and links to other blog posts for more information on features… Read more

New SMART tool : Visualization and Dependency Mapping Tool

There is a new kid on the “SMA Runbook Toolkit” block! The Visualization and Dependency Mapping Tool creates a visual representation of the dependencies of a group of SMA Runbooks : child Runbooks, assets like variables, credentials, certificates and connections. Visualization can happen in the following formats: Text output (in the PowerShell console) Visio output… Read more

Automation–System Center Automation Team Blogs–September 2014 Cross-Post Update!

Hello Readers! Over the last couple months there have been quite a few posts being published by the “System Center Automation Team”! In fact, they are now publishing posts to both their existing System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog, as well as the Azure Blog. Pretty exciting stuff! So, what did the System Center Automation Team… Read more

Writing a custom DSC resource for Remote Desktop (RDP) settings

Hello readers! In this previous post I talked about a simple example to guide you through the Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) authoring process. In this blog post we are going to create a custom DSC resource based on a practical situation where you need to manage your servers remotely. All the samples used… Read more